Home > Back to Search Results > First trans-Pacific filight...
Click image to enlarge 588275
Hide image list »

First trans-Pacific filight...

Item # 588275

June 02, 1928

THE DETROIT NEWS, Michigan, June 2, 1928 

* 1st Trans-pacific airplane flight (1st stage success) 
* Southern Cross monoplane
* Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 

This 20 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page: "First Pictures Of Fliers After Reaching Hawaii" with text (see photos). Also one column headlines that include: "Pacific Fliers Plan Next Leg" and more.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Light browning, minor margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: At 8:54 am on 31 May 1928, Kingsford Smith and his crew left Oakland, California to make the first trans-Pacific flight to Australia. The flight was in three stages. The first (from Oakland to Hawaii) was 2,400 miles, took 27 hours 25 minutes and was uneventful. They then flew to Suva, Fiji 3,100 miles away, taking 34 hours 30 minutes. This was the toughest part of the journey as they flew through a massive lightning storm near the equator. They then flew on to Brisbane in 20 hours, where they landed on 9 June after approximately 7,400 miles total flight. On arrival, Kingsford Smith was met by a huge crowd of 25,000 at Eagle Farm Airport, and was feted as a hero. Australian aviator Charles Ulm was the relief pilot, and the other two crew members were Americans James Warner and Captain Harry Lyon (who were the radio operator, navigator and engineer).

Category: The 20th Century